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Greeting-Card Advent Calendar




Open a numbered window for each December day before Christmas. On Christmas Day, open the front door.



  1. Step 1

    Enlarge template by 200 percent; repeat. Trace outline on two sheets of heavy card stock to use as the front and back "walls."

  2. Step 2


    Mark position of door and window shutters with a pencil.

  3. Step 3

    Cut slits for door and shutters; number shutters randomly. Place images from old greeting cards behind each opening; adhere with a glue stick.

  4. Step 4

    Edge roof, chimney, and foundation with red paper; add gold trim.

  5. Step 5

    Glue ribbon loop between boards, to use as hanger, before gluing back to the front.

Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2001



Reviews (6)

  • louiseduree 20 Nov, 2011

    Easy to do...The small contact prints you get along with your order of photos are perfect to put behind the doors and windows. this makes it a personal calendar and is so easy to do. Don't worry about a template this is simple, just think about it a moment and then go for it.

  • docmom1 19 Nov, 2011

    This looks very cute, and I was excited to make a few with my kids. I can't enlarge it with my printer settings, though. Why couldn't they just make the template the correct size? Does anyone know how to enlarge it?

  • UUjerri1 14 Nov, 2010

    I may do this project. The link with the picture of the door scene is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  • Beccamay 18 Nov, 2008

    i did a quick search just now, and this is a good example of somehting you can use: images/christmas cards/yellow_card.gif

  • Beccamay 18 Nov, 2008

    It might be a cut out from a christmas card for the door, but maybe its worth looking online for a picture that matches that look

  • megbonkers 18 Nov, 2008

    The door in the pictures above is beautiful. It doesn't seem to be part of the template. Where can I find this?